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Listen: What makes Frederick Ashton unique?

As a The Royal Ballet releases an all-Ashton programme on DVD, we publish an Insights event about the choreographer’s early career.

By Chris Shipman (Interim Head of Online Content)

1 September 2013 at 1.49pm | 1 Comment

Prior to the release of The Royal Ballet's Frederick Ashton Celebration on DVD and Blu-Ray, Curator for Dance at the V&A Jane Pritchard recently examined the choreographer's early career as part of an ROH Insights event.

The Insight event examined Ashton's early career including his admiration for Anna Pavlova and being taught by Marie Rambert. It also examined some of the choreographer's works that were performed during the 2012/13 Season including La Valse (the first production of which by Bronislava Nijinska featured Ashton performing on stage), Monotones and Marguerite and Armand.  Ashton's use of dancers, the stage and symbols were also discussed.

Of the choreographer's appeal, Jane said:

'Ashton is like a sponge. He picks up all these influences around him - he uses them but he makes them his own.'

Listen to highlights from the event:

During the 2013/14 Season The Royal Ballet will perform Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody from 7 - 15 February 2014 and The Dream from 31 May - 13 June 2014.

The Ashton Celebration programme is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray from the ROH Shop

By Chris Shipman (Interim Head of Online Content)

1 September 2013 at 1.49pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, history, interview, Jane Pritchard, La Valse, listen, Marguerite and Armand, Monotones, Production, Rhapsody, ROH Insights, The Dream, V&A

This article has 1 comment

  1. The DVD is very welcome indeed but it is not perfect even though I know it's a live performance. In Thais, for instance, the young man wobbles at one point. And La Valse used to be lit darker and was more 'suggestive'. But Ross MacGibbon is the expert on transposing classic ballet from the stage to the tv screen, and I'm glad I bought the DVD.

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